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Althea Althea Ford Vice President Government Affairs

Health Affairs Committee

For the last quarter century, NJBIA members have told us that their No. 1 concern is the cost of health benefits. This is reflected regularly when we conduct our Business Outlook and Health Benefits surveys. They tell us that affordable health insurance is a top priority for our members.

Our members continue to offer health benefits to their employees in very large numbers. They understand that they need to do so in order to attract and retain a quality workforce. In fact, a large percentage of members tell us they would take a hit to their bottom line in order to continue providing benefits. We want to work with policymakers to ensure they understand the factors that are driving up the cost of health benefits. If we don’t, it won’t be a question of if our members will reduce or eliminate benefits, but when.

Learn about legislation and regulatory developments that directly affect the cost and availability of healthcare and insurance for you and your employees. If you have questions, please contact Althea Ford at

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March 14, 2024
NJBIA Testimony to Assembly Health Committee in Support of A-3972

On behalf of our member companies that make NJBIA the largest, most impactful association representing business in New Jersey, and specifically employers with 50 or less employees that are eligible “small employers” for purposes of health insurance coverage, we support A-3972, which makes certain changes to the calculation of minimum loss ratio (MLR) requirements for […]

June 25, 2022
NJBIA Opposition to A-3684

On behalf of the Health Care Association of New Jersey, the New Jersey Hospital Association, Leading Age New Jersey and Delaware, the Fair Share Hospitals Collaborative, the Home Care & Hospice Association of New Jersey, and the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (collectively, the Associations), we write in opposition to A3684, sponsored by Assemblyman […]

March 10, 2022
NJBIA Opposition to S-329

On behalf of NJBIA, the nation’s largest statewide business association whose members employ over one million people in the Garden State, we oppose S-329, which Establishes Prescription Drug Affordability Board; appropriates $1 million and is sponsored by Senators Singleton (D7) and Beach (D6). We oppose this legislation because it would place price controls on one […]

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May 14, 2021
Report from NJBIA’s Health Affairs Committee Meeting

On May 7, the NJBIA Health Affairs Policy Committee held a meeting with guest speakers Tiffany Guarascio, the Deputy Staff Director and Chief Health Adviser for the Office of Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. and Shabnam Salih, the Director of the New Jersey Office of Health Care Affordability and Transparency.  Guarascio discussed Congressman Pallone’s work on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which he currently chairs, over […]

January 28, 2021
NJBIA Statement on Executive Order to Improve Healthcare Affordability

NJBIA Chief Government Affairs Officer Chrissy Buteas issued the following statement regarding Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement of Executive Order 217 to address healthcare affordability through several initiatives. “NJBIA members have long voiced their concerns about rising healthcare costs, with 57% of New Jersey residents receiving healthcare benefits from their employer.  “These concerns are even more exacerbated now with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, of […]

January 14, 2021
Health, Legal Experts Answer NJBIA Members’ Questions on COVID-19 Vaccinations

Nearly 100 businesspeople took part in the first meeting of NJBIA’s new Human Resource Council this week to get answers from legal and health experts about New Jersey’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans and whether employers can require workers to be vaccinated.  The Jan. 13 online event featured labor attorney Douglas Diaz, of Archer Law, and […]

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